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New Products, Part 1

Jan 1, 2005 12:00 AM

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> Standard Finishing’s Graph Expo highlights included the Horizon HOF-30, a high-speed feeder for pre-collated digital output; the HT-30 offline three-side trimmer for short-run books; and the SB-09, a nine-clamp perfect binder rated at 4,000 books per hour. See

> Hit The Skids’ custom-built pressroom furniture includes operator stations, plate carts and knife racks. See

> Want to send custom-shaped pieces as standard mail? Check out the USPS’ Customized MarketMail program. Pieces can weigh a maximum of 3.3 oz., the length can be from 5 inches to 15 inches, and the height can be from 3.5 inches to 12 inches. See

> Ennis’ 360° specializes in medium to long runs of custom labels, such as four-color process, variable imaging and special material labels. See

> RadTech offers a free video detailing safe handling practices for UV/EB curable materials. E-mail RadTech at

> Müller Martini has produced its 2,000th three-knife trimmer for book production: The Merit S will go to a production facility in Lachenmeier, Germany. Merit S and Zenith S trimmers complete the final cuts on perfect-bound books and hardcover book blocks. Production speeds are 4,000 and 7,000 cph with a trim capacity of up to 3 1⁄8 inches.

Metering water-based varnish
Watson-Marlow Bredel’s (Wilmington, MA) 700 pump can be used for metering water-based varnish. The peristaltic pump reportedly is a cost-effective alternative to traditional diaphragm pumps. With no valves or seals to clog, the 700 pump series require little cleaning, as viscous varnish is contained within a tube from source to delivery. See
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Heavy-duty baler
American Baler Co.’s (Bellevue, OH) DC5043 joins the company’s horizontal auto-tie baler line. The DC5043 is designed specifically for distribution and warehousing operations and offers a large 50 x 41-inch feed opening for bulky set-up boxes. It can be used with air conveyed trim systems to bale shredded secondary fibers, paper trim and scrap. See
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JDF-enabled PDF workflow
OneVision’s (Regensburg, Germany) JDF- enabled Speedflow Cockpit integrates production applications and third-party workflow systems such as preflighting, check and normalization to editing, modifying, imposing, proofing, printing, and archiving.

Speedflow Control and Speedflow Interact for Mac OS X allow users the benefits of Speedflow Cockpit in a cross-platform networked environment. All Speedflow Cockpit processes are supported by e-mail notification services. See
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Five-color waterless press
The Genius 52 from KBA North America (Williston, VT) is a compact 20.5-inch, five-color waterless, keyless sheetfed press. A single operator can run the press using a touch-screen console. The entry-level Genius 52 features automatic plate infeed, automatic circumferential register for handling various substrates and an optional automatic blanket washer.

Also available is the Genius 52 UV press for printing on both plastic and board. This model features UV drying inline and is able to print on stock up to 32 pt. It can be used for printing credit cards, loyalty cards, mouse pads and 3D pictures on lenticular lenses.
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Digital and direct imaging papers Unisource (Norcross, GA) has added Technisource to its private brand paper line. Targeting digital printing and business imaging applications, Technisource includes gloss coated, matte coated, and uncoated color copy papers in a variety of basis weights and sizes.

The new papers can be used with desktop and production digital printing devices as well as inkjet printers and offset and direct imaging printing presses. See
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Cutters in six widths
Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) distributes Polar-Mohr’s Generation X cutters in six widths ranging from 30 inches to 69 inches. All Polar X cutters have front-changing knives as well as a 15-inch color display and touchscreen capabilities that automate operation and store cutting sequences. The cutters are fully CIP4 compatible for connections with prepress and offline programming via Compucut.
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Preflighting for content creators
Markzware’s (Santa Ana, CA) FlightCheck Studio preflighting plug-in helps prevent file errors. Using TrueFile Specifications, designers or production directors create design specs. If a job contains an element or font that doesn’t meet TrueFile parameters, Flight Check Studio alerts the designer to fix the problem. Users can click on the reported error to see exactly where the problem resides in the document. See
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Folding digitally printed jobs
Morgana Systems’ (Milton Keynes, UK) DigiFold is an integrated creaser/folder for folding digitally printed material without marking the document or cracking the spine. According to the company, DigiFold uses larger rollers than most folders. The machine also incorporates a electronically controlled "flying knife" that is contoured around the rollers and moves at the same speed as the material passing through it. A sheet deflector comes in contact with only the leading edge of the sheet, allowing single or multiple folds to be accomplished with minimal risk of scratching or marking.

For standard folding, DigiFold works in "set to fold" mode where, once the fold and sheet lengths have been selected, a programmer automatically sets the creasing and folding positions. When extra creases and/or difficult configurations are required, the operator dials in the creasing and folding positions.
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Save five minutes of makeready per pocket
The Stichmaster ST350 was shown with a cover folder feeder, four vertical and two horizontal feeders with a RIMA compensating stacker. The ST350 is rated at 12,000 cycles per hour and supports products ranging from 31⁄8 x 43⁄4 to 123⁄8 x 181⁄16. A separate saddle chain is automatically synchronized to the stitcher and feeders, reportedly reducing makeready time up to five minutes per pocket. By using Heidelberg’s Prinect FCS100 Compustitch program, jobs can be programmed offline on a PC and sent to the stitcher via a network connection.
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Separations by the numbers
Left Dakota’s (Los Angeles) UltraLinks uses standard ICC file formats to produce smooth separations similar to those produced by a drum scanner. UltraLinks extracts only critical data from customer ICC profiles (RGB source and CMYK destination) to create an ICC-Device Link for making separations. Because UltraLinks makes separations by the numbers, users can specify actual RGB to CMYK endpoints. Separations also can be reversed: Users can take a separated CMYK file back to fully saturated RGB. UltraLinks maps the outer edge of RGB to the the outer edge of CMYK, ensuring no color is out of gamut. See
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Digital ink presets
Printflow’s (Bratislava, Slovak Republic) Digital Ink Preset System (DIPS) converts prepress data into the proper digital format and calculates the required coverage per ink zone. After creating the ink key presetting information, DIPS transmits this data to the press console. Printflow DIPS consists of the DIPS Converter (prepress file reader) and the DIPS Center (interface and preset module).

The DIPS Converter can calculate the image coverage data from most RIPs either in CIP3/4 format or the existing RIP format. This software also generates form proofs from RIPped and separated data.

The DIPS Center processes image area coverage data from a prepress area sent via Ethernet from the DIPS Converter. When the job is ready to be printed, the image area coverage data is calculated to specific ink key values. Presets are then transferred to the press console to preset the ink fountains. One DIPS system is able to communicate with various press models and sizes simultaneously. Any additional press, either new or used, with a console can be added to the existing network configuration by using the existing DIPS interface. See
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